Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJC)

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The Canada-Ontario Job Grant provides direct financial support to individual employers or employer consortia who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $10,000.
Employers with 100 or more employees need to contribute 1/2 of the training costs.
Small employers with less than 100 employees need to contribute 1/6 of training costs.
Small employers who are training and hiring unemployed individuals may be eligible for 100% funding and up to $15,000 per trainee.
Most organizations acting as an intermediary are eligible for administrative funding equal to 15% of the government contribution.

The applications with “New Hire” trainees will be automatically assessed for 100% funding.
The maximum support for textbooks, software and other training materials are $500 for each trainee.
The maximum allowable support for travel costs are $500 per trainee and is only supported when the distance travelled is greater than 24 km each way.
If the employer has a travel costs policy, travel costs will be supported according to the employer’s policy up to the maximum $500 per trainee.

Deadline: Currently accepting applications

Applicants must:

  • be individual private and not-for-profit sector employers, First Nations and organizations acting on behalf of employers (including union training halls, industry associations, training coordinators and other employer consortiums that meet the requirements below);
  • make minimum cash contributions towards training costs;
  • employ the individual selected for training. Higher priority is given to employers who are training and hiring unemployed individuals. If the employer has hired an unemployed individual to fill a vacancy, the offer of employment can be conditional upon the individual having completed training and subject to the employer’s regular probationary period
  • be licensed to operate in Ontario;
  • be applying for training that is delivered in Ontario and is related to a job that is also located in Ontario;
  • comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act;
  • maintain appropriate Workplace Safety and Insurance Board or private workplace safety insurance coverage;
  • have adequate third-party general liability insurance, as advised by its insurance broker;
  • comply with all applicable federal and provincial human rights legislation, regulations, and any other relevant standards.
Application Steps:

1. Completed employer applications for over 25 training participants and all consortium applications must be submitted through the online portal. The application will then be directed to the appropriate ministry office.

2. For completed applications for 25 or fewer participants, applications will be submitted online to a COJG service provider. There are instructions on the application form as to where to submit your postal code in order to select a service provider.

If you have difficulties, please contact the Employment Ontario Contact Centre at their toll-free number: 1-800-387-5656, or through the TTY line: 1-866-533-6339.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit the following forms:
1. COJG Employer/Consortium Application Form: This form will be filled-out by the employer and it will act as the request for COJG funding. If the application is approved, it will act as the employer registration form to enter employer information into the data management system and for follow-up purposes. Please see the form for more details on privacy.
2. COJG Employer Registration for Consortium: This form must be completed for each employer represented in a consortium application. The ministry will request these forms as needed.
3. COJG Employer and Training Provider Attestation Forms: These forms must be individually completed by employer and training provider, prior to the application’s approval.
4. COJG Participant Registration Form: This form will need to be completed only after the application is approved for funding, by each individual participating in training. Please see the form for more details on privacy.
5. Placement Agreement: For exceptional circumstances where there will be a job placement for an unemployed individual, the placement agreement will be completed and agreed to between the employer, placement individual and service provider.
6. Electronic Funds Transfer Form: Employers requesting training for over 25 participants and all consortiums must complete this form.

Other Things to Note:

Documentation updated from Employer Questions and Answers section (updated in November 2021). Last Modified: 09/03/2021

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